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Chapel Hill Transit Update: Orange County stay at home order, Easter weekend service changes & stop closure

Post Date:03/26/2020 11:54 AM

Chapel Hill Transit maintains modified Routes and Schedules (similar to routes and schedules normally operated on Saturdays) during Orange County's and the Town of Chapel Hill's Stay at Home Declaration

The towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro joined Orange County in a Stay at Home Declaration beginning Friday at 6 p.m. in an effort to significantly reduce the spread of the coronavirus. During this declaration, Chapel Hill Transit will maintain modified routes and schedules routes and schedules (similar to normal Saturday operations) including Saturday routes CM, CW, D, FG, JN, T and V.

"Our team members are still hard at work during this pandemic," said Brian Litchfield, transit director. "We are maintaining this service for customers that must travel to work or for essential needs such as food and supplies. We encourage all other community members to stay home & safe."

The Stay at Home Declaration will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, March 27, and extend through 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

“This order is an unprecedented but necessary step for our community as we all work together to stop the further spread of this dangerous virus,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger. “Our residents always rise to the occasion during challenging times, and we are confident they will again as we face this global health crisis.”

Under the Town’s order, all residents of the Town of Chapel Hill are to remain at home unless you are:

  • Going to the doctor or vet (call first to see if you need to be seen or it can wait)
  • Grocery shopping for yourself or others (limit to one trip per week or less if possible)
  • Going to the pharmacy
  • Exercising outdoors (like walking, running, or bicycling, or using greenways and trails; stay at least 6 feet away from the next person)
  • Picking up takeout food or using the drive-thru (you can also order delivery)
  • Caring for a friend or family member
  • Obtaining necessary supplies or services
  • Performing permitted business functions

While the stay at home order is in place:

  • DO NOT go to work unless you are providing essential services
    • Essential services are outlined in Section E Subsection 2 of the order
  • DO NOT visit friends and family unless it is urgent
  • DO NOT gather in groups in public places
  • DO NOT visit people in the hospital, nursing home, or other care facilities
  • DO NOT travel, unless essential

The complete text of the County’s Order and the Town’s Order adopting it are available at townofchapelhill.org/coronavirus

Chapel Hill Transit service changes on Good Friday and Easter Sunday

Chapel Hill Transit, will continue running Saturday routes and schedules, except for the weekend NU and U routes, on Good Friday, April 10. EZ Rider's current service will not change on Good Friday.

On Easter Sunday, April 12, Chapel Hill Transit will not run any routes. EZ Rider will provide premium service, by reservation only.

 pic of bus shelter on Columbia St. between Franklin and Rosemary streets

N. Columbia Street and Rosemary Street bus stop closed for construction activities, beginning Tuesday, March 31

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NC-DOT) plans to repair the curb and pothole at the northbound bus stop on S. Columbia Street between Rosemary and Franklin streets. The stop will be closed during construction planned to begin, Tuesday, March 31 through Friday, April 3, weather permitting.

This closure will impact the Saturday JN and T routes going northbound. Chapel Hill Transit customers will need to use the next closest stop to board the bus.

For the Saturday JN route, the closest stops are:

  • S. Columbia Street at Abernethy Hall and
  • Rosemary Street at Pritchard Avenue

For Saturday T route, the closest stops are:

  • S. Columbia Street at Abernethy Hall and
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at North Street
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